September 24, 2018; Orange Walk
The Ministry of Human Development, Social Transformation and Poverty Alleviation joins the country in mourning the devastating loss of Mr. Alfred Petillo and his three children in the tragic fire on Sunday morning in Orange Walk.
The Ministry has reached out to all three families affected by Sunday’s fire and has provided them with counselling intervention via counsellors from the Belize Community Counselling Center. Additionally, the Ministry is providing material assistance for all three families inclusive of burial assistance to help with the cost of the funeral.
The Family Support Social Worker stationed in Orange Walk will continue to follow up with the families with regards to additional medium-term assistance and the Ministry will continue to coordinate with our partners, including the Ministry of Education, to support the wider community.
The Ministry extends its deepest condolences to the families as they try to cope with their heartbreaking loss.